What Canadians don't know about Stephen Harper: a Special Report

His backroom battles, diplomatic scraps, betrayals and secret insecurities—Maclean's provides the most in-depth look yet at Canada's PM

PLUS: Andrew Coyne on what Stephen Harper has left undone
Also in this week's issue: Maclean's annual How Healthy Are You? survey

TORONTO, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - He is tenacious, self-critical and calculating. He is obsessed by the way he almost lost his job to a coalition of enemies in 2008 and he will do anything he needs to do to keep on winning.

On the fifth anniversary of Stephen Harper's surprise 2006 election victory, Maclean's senior columnist Paul Wells and Ottawa Bureau Chief John Geddes go behind the scenes of five years in power to provide the most in-depth look yet at Canada's surprising, maddening prime minister.

With new interviews with Conservative caucus members and current and former advisers, this Maclean's Special Report—which covers a full 14 pages—gives new insider glimpses and fresh insight into Harper's foreign policy, his relations with the provinces, his inner circle in crisis-control mode — and his plans for the future.

The damage done by doing so little
Looking back on Stephen Harper's tenure, says Maclean's National Editor Andrew Coyne, the PM has managed to achieve a rare combination of longevity and vapidity. Seldom has a government lasted so long that did so little. If there is anything that has been a constant of this Conservative government, Coyne argues, it has been not ideology and conviction, nor even ruthlessness and cunning, but aimlessness and confusion. What has been damaged, if not destroyed, by this endless barrage of flip-flops and opportunistic behaviour is not only conservatism: it is politics itself.

PLUS: How Healthy are you?
New research confirms it: To be at our best, we must faithfully observe the holy trinity of health: sleep just enough, eat well—including breakfast—and exercise as much as we can. And yet, most of us don't. Early data from the Maclean's- Scienta Health "How Healthy Are You?" Q-Gap test (see: macleans.ca/howhealthy) reveals a stark portrait about the well-being of many Canadians. Those of us who skip breakfast, avoid physical activity and sleep poorly (either too much or too little) have the worst Q-GAP scores and the worst overall health status.

Maclean's Now Available on iPad
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